Mission scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said they have a pretty good idea of where their beloved spacecraft was when it burned up in the atmosphere.
The spot is marked by the white ellipse:
One of Cassini’s most important — and surprising — discoveries during its 13 years at Saturn was that the moon Enceladus has an ocean of liquid saltwater beneath its frozen surface. That ocean is heated by hydrothermal vents, similar to those found on Earth.
Scientists are eager to return to Enceladus as they search for evidence that life could exist elsewhere in the solar system. On Friday, mission leaders vowed to send a spacecraft to the icy moon.
They also shared this movie of Enceladus setting behind Saturn. The images were taken on Wednesday.